The toddlers have recently shown a great interest in helping to look after babies. So we decided to set up a baby changing station for the toddlers to explore. We firstly gave our babies a bath. We helped to add the bubble bath to the water. We were able to use describing words such as ‘bubbly’ and ‘soft’. There were lots of different resources laid out for the children to use.
When they had finished washing the babies, they were able to pick a towel out of the resources to dry their babies. Without any support they placed their baby on a changing mat and proceeded to put nappy cream and talc onto their babies. Once they were all creamed up, the children put nappies on to the babies and then had a real good go at dressing them by themselves.
Throughout the whole activity the children were engaged and talking to their peers building a role-play story, such as ‘I mommy, you sister, you cook tea. I look after baby’. They talked between themselves about their siblings and helping their parents with a baby at home.
With a little bit of support from the adults we were able to take turns and share the resources.
Personal, Social and Emotional. Making Relationships – Interested in others play and starting to join in – 22-36 months
Expressive arts and design. Being imaginative – Engages in imaginative role-play based on own first-hand experiences – 30-50 months
To further this activity we will introduce more resources to help look after the babies such as beds and blankets.